In an Aug. 23 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Joseph Pantginis reported the highlights from Targovax ASA's (TRVX:OSE) Q2/19 earnings conference call.
During the second quarter, Targovax posted an earnings per share of NOK0.72 compared to H.C. Wainwright's estimate of NOK0.65. The biotech ended Q2/19 with NOK135 million in cash, which management said was enough runway through H1/20.
Pantginis also reported details about its clinical programs that management shared in the call. One topic was data from Targovax's study of ONCOS-102 in melanoma patients who are both unresectable and refractory to anti-PD-1 therapies.
Initial results showed an overall response rate of 33% at six months. That included one complete response, two partial responses and one unconfirmed partial response. Also, despite individual responses, ONCOS-102 increased systemic and local immune activation, specifically "cytokine release and increased T cells tumor infiltration," Pantginis noted. The oncolytic adenovirus also showed response specificity, i.e., tumor antigen specific T cells.
"We believe these data to be encouraging and to position ONCOS-102 well for the interim analysis set for H1/20," commented Pantginis.
Also in the conference call, management reiterated that its mesothelioma program remains the next stock catalyst, with randomized Phase 2 data expected in January 2020. This event is made even more significant by the fact that the benchmark for mesothelioma is low, in other words reported overall survival with standard of care is six months, and few other possible, new therapeutics exist.
"We believe the data should be positive with ONCOS-102 supplying an additional layer of efficacy above the standard of care; if positive, we believe the shares could be poised for a relatively quick run to the NOK10 level," Pantginis wrote.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and price target of NOK19 per share on Targovax, whose stock is currently trading at around NOK5.02 per share.[NLINSERT]
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